The street artist known as “Banksy” (the real name of the artist is currently unknown to the public) is an artist based around Bristol, England. Banksy is a street artist, using graffiti to comment on social or environmental issues in an eye-catching way. His images appear all over the city, juxtaposed with the city’s architecture and structure in interesting ways or to promote an idea. While he has remained stenciling his art around the city, he has also expanded his operation all across the world, and has created prints and books featuring his art. He has also had a number of well-received gallery openings featuring his works. While the nature of his art is still highly controversial, his messages are hard to ignore. He makes his thoughts on pollution and urban footprint well-known in a number of his images and remains an iconic contemporary artist. His environmental images many focus on pollution and feature children: a girl with an umbrella in the midst of toxic rain, a child adrift in an ocean of no water. We also have a strong sense of his views on urbanization when we look at this image of a child standing in a demolished lot that could have one held a park full of trees. With these images, it’s possible that Banksy is trying to caution us in leaving behind a better world for future generations.
While I’m not generally a fan of street art, I can’t help but appreciate the craft, ingenuity and genuine perspective represented in Banksy’s art. He brings a new way of thinking about art spread across a 2D plane and somehow makes it more real than we’re used to perceiving it.